If you have the right gear, riding a motorcycle year-round in all climates and temperatures is feasible. All-weather gear can keep you warm and protect you from the elements even in freezing temperatures. Layering clothing can also make a big difference, as it allows you to adapt to changing temperatures throughout the day.
In addition to keeping warm, it’s also important to remember that riding a motorcycle in the winter can present some additional challenges and dangers that you might not face during other seasons. Ice is a major threat to all motorists, especially motorcyclists. Unlike four-wheel vehicles like cars, trucks, and SUVs, motorcycles don’t have the extra protection of an outer vehicle shell. Losing control of a motorcycle even briefly can result in a serious crash with little to no chance to regain control.
To protect yourself while riding during the winter, do your best to follow these tips:
- Check your tire pressure before you ride. Your tire traction is the one of the most important things to be aware of when you ride during the winter. When your tires lose traction and you drive over ice or snow, you face a high risk of losing control. Tires that are properly inflated have better traction than tires with low pressure.
- Watch the road. The roadway itself can be your biggest enemy during winter rides. In addition to snow and ice, you also must watch for cracks, fallen branches and tree limbs, and pot holes. Stick to riding on well-maintained roads when possible, and reduce your speed on roads that are in poor condition.
The Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know that motorcyclists face dangers throughout the year, especially when other drivers are negligent. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.